Three Policemen were killed by a blast in Dagestan on Saturday.
Police investigators work at the site of an explosion in downtown Makhachkala, the capital of the troubled Caspian Sea region of Dagestan, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2005. (AP)
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The blast took place at 1200 GMT on one of the main thoroughfares of the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala and not far away from a reception hall where a wedding was taking place.
The Reuters witness said he saw the bodies of at least two police officers at the scene, one in camouflage and the other in a standard Interior Ministry uniform.
Regional Interior Ministry officials at the scene said a third officer died in hospital. At least four other police were wounded.
Interfax news agency reported that a car loaded with explosives blew up just as a police patrol was walking past it.
Dagestan, a territory by the Caspian Sea, has suffered from an overspill of violence from Chechnya since a separatist war erupted in the North Caucasus territory more than a decade ago.